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Jicama (pronounced hee-cama) is a round and bulbous root vegetable native to Mexico, as well as Central and South America.1 The plant, also called yam bean, is a tropical legume that grows aggressively on vines that can reach up to several feet in diameter. Thanks to the colonial trade, this plant has spread all over the world, influencing cuisines of Asian countries such as the Philippines, China, Japan, India and Vietnam..T he texture of jicama’s root is likened to a potato, and is firm as a pear, but the taste is sweet and starchy, similar to an apple.5 However, unlike the aforementioned fruits, everything about jicama except the taproot is unsafe for consumption due to a dangerous toxin. Jicama is low in calories but high in a few vital nutrients. It's also rich in inulin, a unique soluble fiber. Several studies have shown that inulin can help promote healthy gut flora by serving as healthy fuel for growth. You’ll also find plenty of potassium in jicama. Research has shown that increased consumption of this mineral may help lower your risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. The elderly may greatly benefit from potassium as well, as it has been shown to help preserve muscle mass While healthy in various aspects, note that a single cup of jicama contains a high amount of carbohydrates. I recommend controlling your portions when eating this vegetable to lower your risk of consuming too much sugar. This table provides a good overview of what you’re getting in a single cup of jicama.